Route 9 Accident Kills Cyclist

On March 15 at approximately5:30pm Sheriff's Deputies were dispatched to the area of 3377 Route 9 in the Town of Philipstown for a motor vehicle accident involving a bicyclist. Arriving Deputies and first responders from the North Highland Fire Department and Putnam EMS attempted lifesaving efforts but the extent of injuries was too severe, and the cyclist was pronounced dead at the scene. A preliminary investigation by Deputies and Investigators determined that a vehicle operated by a 26 years of age Wappingers Falls woman had just turned onto Route 9 from a private driveway and was proceeding northbound when the bicyclist, 67-year-old Ken Sapeta of Philipstown, crossed into her lane from the northbound shoulder of the roadway. Sheriff's Office personnel were assisted on the scene by members of the New York State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit and the investigation is ongoing.